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Five Key Steps to Planning Your Separation

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

The decision to end a marriage is a big deal. The life you are accustomed to will be disrupted, as will the lives of your children. But you are probably aware of this, which is why you are taking the responsible step of searching the internet for guidance. With that in mind, here are some key steps that can help you prepare for the 12-month separation period required to obtain a divorce in North Carolina. Consult with an attorney. You have significant legal rights when it comes to dividing marital property, spousal support, child custody, and child support. It is critical that you consult with an experienced family law attorney to understand your legal rights as they apply to your circumstances. If you enter into an agreement without knowing your …

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Creating an Emergency Plan for Your Family

In Health, Lifestyle by Elizabeth Stephenson

While it is unpleasant to think about, we are sometimes faced with dangers that are out of our control, such as natural disasters, car accidents, medical emergencies, property damage, or crime. The entire idea of an emergency is that it occurs when we don’t expect it to. Nevertheless, there are affirmative steps that people can take to preemptively plan for emergencies should they arise. While it is possible to go overboard (i.e., building a fallout shelter) when emergency planning, these suggestions offer a more realistic and balanced approach. Develop a plan with your family so that everyone is on the same page. No matter the size of disaster, it is important to have a conversation that addresses what to do, where to go, where to meet, who to call, and …

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Christmas on a Budget

In Lifestyle, Wealth by Sarah Hink

Separation and divorce are expensive. Many families struggle with money when intact, so imagine what happens when a couple separates. In order to get a divorce, a couple must live separate and apart for an entire year. This means an additional monthly rental payment and utilities, and other costs of living separately. After the dust settles, all issues have been resolved, and attorney’s fees have been paid, you may find yourself financially hurting. The holidays certainly don’t help you save money. There are parties, entertaining, meals to host, travel expenses, and the presents. So many presents. So with an understanding that financial ruin is not an option, keep the following thoughts in mind: Prepare yourself a budget. Look at your bank account and your savings, consider all of your recurring …

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Steps To Take Before Separating

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Separation and divorce are a part of life. As much as we desire and work for our relationships to last forever, life is fluid and change is constant. At New Direction Family Law, we have provided years of legal guidance and representation to people seeking separation, divorce, property division, alimony, child custody, and child support. Believe us when we say that the decision to separate is a big deal. Not only are there the emotional and logistical ramifications of the decision, there are also legal consequences. Therefore, before you separate, please consider the following. This should go without saying, but decide whether you actually want to separate from your spouse. Separation should not be taken lightly. Unless there is domestic violence in your relationship, consider couples counseling if your spouse …